TechnoServe's blog highlights the lessons and successes from our work with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.
Some 560 small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will be able to develop their businesses through a new entrepreneurship development program, “Impulsa Tu Empresa (Boost Your Business), that TechnoServe plans to implement in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Burkina Faso in Africa.
Mónica Jacinto, center, once struggled to support herself and her four children. She and other women from the San Lucas Tolimán region of Guatemala joined together to launch Kask’i, a fruit juice business. With TechnoServe’s assistance, the business has improved its operations and reached new markets.
Mónica Jacinto prepares pineapple to be used in fruit juice by her company, Kask’i. TechnoServe has helped Kask'i, owned by a group of 34 women in Guatemala's Mayan highlands, to improve its operations and reach new markets.
In Nicaragua, Iveth Juárez, a small business owner who processes and sells cereal to the local market, had attended seminars, workshops, courses and training sessions on accounting and finance. But at the end of each session, she always felt the same sense of confusion.
El Petén has long been one of Guatemala’s poorest areas despite its bounty of natural resources. Gladis Rodriguez recognized the opportunity to use a product found in her community to address both poverty and malnourishment. The answer lay in something highly valued by her Mayan ancestors: the Ramon nut.